Crystal Symphony Cruise Review by Olapaz
- Sail Date: August 2015
- Destination: Baltic Sea
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with Verandah
On the day we checked in our TINY room (a suite with a balcony) had been painted that same day and the workers left their mess behind...can you imagine this? The smell of paint in our claustrophobic room? If we could have gotten A refund of 50%, we would have gotten off the boat immediately. Our room was also on the 8th floor, far from the nearest room to the engine room, but it was still like sleeping through an earthquake every night. We had to ask for thicker mattresses and I assume it was a common request, since we saw a truck unloading new mattresses at the next stop. We had a tiny, ancient TV, placed on top of the mini fridge in the far off corner. The only positive is the bathroom, which was a nice size, with good water pressure.
The ground tours were incredibly expensive and half of them were very Meh.
The food...mmm...it was so bad on the first day...but it got better as the ship sailed on...the cheese cart was the highlight. Silk Road...the maitre D, makes you feel bad for wanting to eat there, it was always empty, but they told you they were all reserved.
The one day we hung out at the pool, they had a dreadful Philippine band belting out the worst songs at ear splitting volume. No-one was clapping...I think we all just wanted to go back to napping or reading our books.
Service was either really good (some waiters are amazing!)...but others are terrible...like the captain from Pondicherry who played a trick on an elderly man...why? For his own amusement, because no one else found it funny...it was just mean. Also, on other cruises I have been welcomed to the boat by a towel and water and even champagne...not on crystal...it's more like airport security...intimidating men with an X-ray machine.
The entertainment was actually really good...they have a neon dancing show which is excellent, as is the dance number on the day at sea.
I would not recommend this trip to my worst enemy.
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